Saturday, 31 May 2014 08:02

LITERATURE, DIASPORA AND POLITICS

A REPORT ON ‘THE TRANSNATIONAL IMAGINARIES OF M G VASSANJI’ By Asma Sayed and Karim Murji The relationship between literature and diaspora has been widely explored in the context of post-colonial texts in which the…
Saturday, 31 May 2014 07:42

VASSANJI AND ME

Vassanji made it straight into the literary limelight with the publication of The Gunny Sack in 1989. It landed with a big bang and his writing career was launched. It is not unfair to say…
Saturday, 31 May 2014 07:31

THE MAGIC OF MG VASSANJI

For an East African of South Asian descent, Moyez Vassanji's books can induce a trance-like state. It is provoked by the deep introspection of reading about our own land, culture and people. And meeting Vassanji,…
Monday, 27 January 2014 08:20

WHEN I FOUND A MOON OF CHAI

Author: BenraliPubl: Gold Angel Press IncReviewer: Aleya Kassam My first encounter with Guyanese artist-poet Benrali’s work was in the form of his exquisitely illustrated books Manni from a World beyond Stars and The Turtle’s Dream…
Monday, 27 January 2014 08:16

SETTLED STRANGERS

Asian Business Elites in East Africa (1800-2000) Author: GijsbertOonkPubl: Sage Publications, 2013ISBN 978-81-321-1054-5 (HB)Reviewer: John Sibi-Okumu As a reviewer, let me break from the norm by explaining, at the outset, why I responded to the…
Monday, 27 January 2014 07:59

Eish, but is it English

The story of South African Indian English is another interesting subject. We can work out from historical records that, of the 150 000 Indians who arrived in Port Natal as indentured labourers from the 1860s,…
Monday, 27 January 2014 07:43

DEATH OF AN IDEALIST

In Search of Neil Aggett Author: Beverley NaidooWith a foreword by George BizosPubl: Merlin PressPaperback ISBN. 978-1-85425-109-1 Death of an Idealist is the story behind the only white detainee to die in the custody of…
Monday, 27 January 2014 07:41

The Coconut Comes in Due Season

An ‘armchair safari to an unspoilt African coastline’ Author: David HurdPubl:Master PublishingReviewer: Maya Parmar Born in 1935, London, the blue-eyed David Hurd migrates to Kenya in the 1950s as a farmer. After a drought, disease and…
Monday, 27 January 2014 07:39

MOST REV. DAVID MUKUBA GITARI 1939-2013

The former Archbishop of Kenya, the Most Rev. David Mukuba Gitari died following a short illness, on 30 September 2013. He was 76. He was a bishop of Mt Kenya East Diocese for 15 years…
By Kwame Dawes NAIROBI, Kenya–I will travel to Ghana to be present at the burial of Kofi Awoonor. I will because he is a great Ghanaian poet. I will because he is a remarkable African…
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